Vlado Žabot (1958) is one of the most distinctive contemporary Slovene writers. He has published a number of novels, a collection of short stories, and two fairy tales for children as well as an epos. From 2003 to 2007 he was president of the Slovene Writers’ Association, and he was also the initiator of the annual Kresnik Award for best Slovenian novel of the year. His work has been translated into several languages and he has received several notable awards, including the Kresnik Award and the Prešeren Fund Award, the highest national award in the field of arts.
Žabot’s literary landscape is permeated by themes from old folk tradition, which the author, with a great feeling for the etymology of the language, brings to life in order to delve into what is primary in man, something he believes does not change over time.
The content of his seventh novel, Holy Battle (Sveti boj), rounds off the author's in-depth creative confrontation with mythological tradition. It is the final part of the trilogy containing the novel The People of the Harrier (Ljudstvo lunja, 2010), and the epos Holy Marriage (Sveta poroka, 2013), a unique artistic expression of the animistic, mythical, transcended human consciousness that is, as we realise in the current novel, founded in poetry.
Awards and nominations
Prešeren Fund Award1996
Kresnik Award for best novel of the year1997
Shortlisted for the Kresnik Award for best novel of the year2018